|“||Ise. I love you…… I love you more than anyone else………||”|
Rias Gremory is the main female protagonist of High School DxD.
She is the Gremory Clan's heiress after her oldest brother, Sirzechs, took the position of Lucifer. Rias is the sole daughter and youngest child of Zeoticus and Venelana Gremory, the aunt of Millicas Gremory, and the maternal cousin of Sairaorg and Magdaran Bael.
She became known as the Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess, because of the color of her hair and Power of Destruction. Now, Rias is a first-year College Student at Kuoh Academy, the former President of the Occult Research Club, and the school's Number-One Beauty, as well as one of Kuoh Academy's Two Great Ladies alongside Akeno Himejima. She is also one of Issei's fiancées.
Rias is a beautiful young woman with a voluptuous body, white skin, blue eyes (blue-green in the anime, season 1-3) inherited from her father, Zeoticus, and a buxom figure. Her body measurements are [B99-W58-H90 cm] [B39-W23-H35 in]. Her body weight is [58 kg] [128 lbs].
Her most distinctive feature is her long, beautiful crimson hair which she also inherited from her father, that reaches down to her thighs with a single hair strand (known in Japan as ahoge) sticking out from the top. Her hair also has loose bangs covering her forehead and side bangs framing her face. Rias' height is 172 cm. (5 feet 8 inches), making her one of the tallest female characters of the series.
Although Rias has worn various types of clothing throughout the series, her most commonly worn outfit is the Kuoh Academy girls' school uniform, which consists of a white long-sleeved, button-down shirt (short sleeves for spring/summer), with a black ribbon on her shirt collar worn under a black shoulder cape and a matching button-down corset, a magenta skirt with white accents, and brown dress shoes over white crew-length socks. Rias also tends to wear seductive lingerie and thongs, especially when she has a desire to sleep with Issei.
On some rare occasions, Rias wears glasses when she's deep in thought, as she feels they make her mind work better despite having perfect eyesight.
Rias is a very kind and compassionate, optimist, especially to her servants and people close to her. She gets angry and violent whenever people insult her or her peerage, showing a fiery side to her. This also plays into the fact that she dislikes cruelty towards people, as shown with her disgust over Marius Tepes, who abused his own sister for his own benefit, and how she killed the Fallen Angels, such as Mittelt, Dohnaseek, Kalawarna, and Raynare for their cruel treatment of Issei.
She is proud of her family's name, but she does not like being seen as Rias of the Gremory Family. The reason for her living in the human world (as revealed in Volume 2 of the novels) is because there, everyone sees her as Rias, not as a Devil or as the Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess. Due to this and the fact that the only men who showed interest in her were interested in her due to being the Heiress of the House of Gremory, Rias soured on the idea of finding a lover, until meeting and falling in love with Issei. According to Akeno, Rias originally said that all men looked the same to her as Rias said that Issei is the only exception due to her thinking of him as cute.
She thinks of Issei as a special person and always gets jealous when girls are around him, becoming a totally different person when she sees him and other girls together, or when it comes to training. Despite her mature stature like a woman, Rias tends to act her true age and becomes frustrated whenever girls flirt with Issei. While Rias is usually calm and mature in most situations, she loses her mature aura and presence when she sees any girl (especially Akeno) flirting with or seducing Issei.
She enjoys teasing Issei and Asia (from Volume 3 of the novels onward), but at the same time makes it clear (to Asia or any girl) that Issei is hers, and she does not want to share him at all (It is revealed in Volume 3 of the novels that the Gremory Family and their servants are beings with extraordinary affection among the Devils, so Rias is no exception). She has no problem with showing Issei her breasts or sleeping naked with him (which she always does according to her and she claims she can't sleep without being nude or without Issei). Despite being seductive like Akeno, both of the girls are still innocent to love, as both of them become their age whenever around Issei or on a date with him.
After becoming Issei's girlfriend, Rias begins to show more confidence in her relationship with Issei and is no longer jealous or angry when Issei is with other girls like she previously was, even accepting Issei's dream of having a harem and letting the girls have dates with him. However, Rias still shows some signs of jealousy such as when Issei doesn't spend enough time with her, but still believes in him and loves him. Due to being Issei's official girlfriend and later fiancée, the other girls acknowledge her as the "Legal Wife" as she manages the other women who are in love with Issei. According to Ravel, the burden of Rias as the "Legal Wife" is greater than the burden of Issei as she has to manage the girls maidenly feelings towards Issei and balance out Issei's feelings towards each of his lovers/brides. Like Akeno, Rias shows a sign of dependence toward Issei (possibly lesser than the former) as Rias will lose her will to fight and lead.
She holds her older brother, Sirzechs, in high regard (despite her older brother's antics of being a siscon) because she deeply cares for him. When she was a child, she was entirely dependent on him and held him in admiration, while also feeling inferior to him at the same time.
Rias loves participating in Rating Games, as she dreams of becoming the Rating Game champion by defeating the current Rating Game champion; Diehauser Belial, with the help of her peerage. While Rias is a powerful devil in her own right, being much stronger than average High-class Devils and according to Azazel, being able to become a Ultimate-class Devil just on the virtue on her talent alone, Rias suffers a bit of an inferiority complex when she compares herself to her fellow Rookies Four colleagues, as she feels inferior to Sona as a strategist and that she is far weaker in power than Sairaorg. However, according to Riser and Azazel, Rias has a talent for finding and recruiting talented individuals for her peerage, inspiring great loyalty and growing stronger with them as seen in her meeting with Issei. During the Azazel Cup, she was highly evaluated as a scout as she managed to recruit Crom Cruach and Vasco Strada along with 2 Longinus possessors, being praised by the professional critics. She is noted to be a skilled negotiator, as she was able to convince Rossweisse to join her peerage by offering her better working conditions and a better salary compared to her previous job in Valhalla, and while during the Azazel Cup, she was able to convince Vasco Strada to join her team after he declined all prior invitations to participate in the Cup by appealing to his warrior swordsman spirit and offering to restore his youth without using a Devils ability, thus not violating his faith with Strada praising her negotiating skill as a sweet Devil's whisper.
Rias is competitive and hates to lose, especially after losing her first Rating Game against Riser as she strives to always win, whether it is in sports or Rating Games.
Due to being spoiled by her father Zeoticus and her brother Sirzechs from an early age, she has a somewhat impatient and selfish personality and because of her bad money spending habit, her mother Venelana and her sister-in-law Grayfia often scold her for her frivolous spending, as her mother reconsidered the amount of money she is allowed as allowance.
Early in her childhood, she developed an instinctive fear and hatred of camels due to being hit by a camel after making fun of it, as the fear is great enough that the residents of the Gremory territory constantly keep camels away from her despite the Gremory's association with camels in the Ars Goetia.
Due to being taught about Japan from Souji Okita, Rias has developed an obsession with Japan, buying various Japanese souvenirs and being ecstatic while visiting Kyoto during her school field trip, though she became pouty and stomped at the train station due to being unable to fully explore Kyoto.
Rias is the daughter and second child of the Gremory Family. She became the heir after her brother, Sirzechs, became the Satan Lucifer, losing his right as heir to the house. After being announced as the heiress of the Gremory Clan, Rias was eventually placed into engagement with Riser Phenex. When she was a child, she was attacked by a camel for making fun of it, which caused her to have a strong fear of camels ever since. Just seeing imagery of a camel is enough to trigger her fear, as shown when she gets frightened seeing her clan's mascot, which is a camel.
Prior to the series, Rias has reincarnated Akeno Himejima, Koneko Toujou, Yuuto Kiba, and Gasper Vladi as members of her peerage. Rias met Akeno, her Queen, first servant, and best friend, in Japan, saving Akeno from being killed by her fellow Himejima Clan members after Akeno accidentally entered Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's territory. She then met Koneko, her second servant, after her brother rescued Koneko from being executed, leaving Koneko under Rias' care. She later reincarnated both Yuuto and Gasper, the former who died after being a part of the "Holy Sword Project" and the latter killed by Vampire hunters.
She entered Kuoh Academy two years before the series along with Akeno, Sona, and Tsubaki, reviving the abolished Occult Research Club which is used as a base for her servants and became its president. Rias and Akeno went on the Kyoto trip during their second year, and Rias enjoyed every moment of it, however, they didn't plan a proper schedule so therefore there were places that she wasn't able to visit like the Nijou-jou. Rias was so upset that she stomped her feet at the railway station. Also during their second year, Rias and her club organized a haunted house for the school festival and even used real ghosts as she requested a friendly Youkai to look for jobs to plan the decorations. This, however, got them in a lot of trouble with Sona who scolded them for using the real thing.
Powers & Abilities
Great Demonic Power: Like Sirzechs, Rias inherited exceptional demonic power from her parents and is adept in using it, even for a High-Class Devil. After Issei transferred power to her, her demonic power increased to where it rivaled an Ultimate-Class Devil, shaking the ground, and reaching Satan-Class. Azazel noted that even without training, Rias has the potential to become one of the highest class devils using natural talent. She was capable of overpowering Ultimate-Class Devils wounded by Crom Cruach, while in her Balor Princess Form, could keep up with Fenrir at 80% percent power.
- Power of Destruction (滅びの力, Horobi no Chikara): A unique demonic power, which allows her to erase and disintegrate matter, living and inanimate things, often releasing massive blasts able to erase massive targets. Rias has improved her Power of Destruction to the point of being able to compress it into multiple bullets, lessening their attack range, but Kiba noted those without enough power would vanish from one of them.
- Extinguished Star (消滅の魔星, Ikusutinguisshu Sutā): Also known as the Demonic Star of Extinction, Rias' Ultimate One-Hit Kill technique made due to the influence of Issei's power. She focuses her Power of Destruction into a compression of demonic power, taking form as an enormous sphere with a crimson and black aura radiating from it. Though it moves towards targets at slow speed, it has a strong magnetic force that pulls them towards it, and disintegrates things like a black hole. Its destructive power has been said to surpass the Rating Game's retiring system,
- Castling: Due to being the King of her own peerage, Rias has the ability to use Castling, which allows her to swap locations with one of her Rooks. She first used it during Nilrem's attack on Kuoh Academy, swapping places with one of her unused Rook pieces;
- Healing: Rias is capable of healing others using her demonic power, it requires her embracing the injured person and both parties to be completely nude in skin to skin contact for better effectiveness. She has shown to be able to heal fatal wounds such as when Issei was struck by a Light Weapon;
- Oppai Beam (おっぱいビーム, Oppai Bīmu): Rias has gained the ability to project a red light from her breasts, which recharges Issei's energy. Each use of this power causes her breasts to temporarily shrink in size, however, her breast size will restore itself after a few days of rest.
- Memory Alteration: Rias has shown that she has skill in memory alteration, using it on Issei's parents;
- Summoning: Rias is capable of summoning her bat-like familiar;
- Defense: Rias can create several barriers able to protect herself and her servant from Katerea's self-destruction spell during the Three Factions Conference.
- Transformation: In True Volume 3, she can use her demonic power to change the color of her hair from crimson to blonde.
Enhanced Durability: Rias has shown great tolerance to damage and pain, she was going continuing to fight Regulus and remain in the Rating Game despite the intense blood loss.
Keen Intellect: Rias is a very intelligent and knowledgable woman, due to being naturally gifted as well as her aristocratic education as the heiress of the Gremory Clan since childhood. When running the Occult Research Club, she is shown to be knowledgable on occult topics such as supernatural beings like Youkais, Devils, Angels and Fallen Angels.
- Expert Tactician: Though outsmarted several times throughout the series, Rias has proven herself to be an excellent tactician and has saved her team along with others many times due to her profound intellect and her ability to handle unexpected difficulties calmly.
Other Skills: As a High-Class Devil, more so the Gremory Heiress, Rias learned a wide arrange of different skills. In the Human World, she learned things no other pure-blood would ranging from housework and gardening, both of which became hobbies.
- Master Chef: Rias is a great chef with a wide range of cooking skills and can cook food of the finest quality. According to Issei, Rias is good at cooking Japanese food, Western food, and Chinese food. He considered Rias to be one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Kitchen in the Hyoudou Residence alongside Akeno, Asia and Miki.
- Master Dancer: As a Devil noble, Rias is highly skilled in social dancing, during her and Issei's dancing trial in the ruins of connection, she could dance beautifully with Issei, even lead him in the parts he is inexperienced in to pass the trial.
- Master Designer: Rias is a brilliant interior designer, having designed the chic interior of Cafe CxC along with very elegant furniture.
Stealth Expert: Rias has learned how to mask her presence to allow to remain undetected, as a way to sneak behind and surprise Issei without being noticed.
Flight: Being a Devil, Rias can fly using her wings.
Crimson Extinct Dragonar (深紅の滅殺龍姫, Kurimuzon Ekusutinkuto Doragunā): also known as Crimson Dragon Princess of Annihilation is a combination technique between Rias and Issei, where he uses his Red Wyverns and they sync both of their auras and the Wyverns attach themselves to Rias to create her own female version of Issei’s Scale Mail. The armor acts just like Issei's, boosting Rias' abilities and giving her the ability to utilize Boost, Transfer, and Penetrate until she reaches her limit.
Forbidden Invade Balor the Princess (禁夜と真闇の滅殺獣姫, Fōbidun Invueido Barōru za Purinsesu): Also known as Beast Ruin Princess of the Forbidden Night and True Darkness. A combination technique between Rias and Gasper, where he melts into his shadow and fuses with hers covering her in darkness. This resulted in a form of Rias, which appears as a dark beast in the shape of a human enveloped in a deep red aura of destruction and also a third eye with a deep red pupil and gain ten wings. This was inspired from Sairaorg's Balance Breaker supplemented by her Crimson Extinct Dragonar. Rias is able to use her third eye to freeze opponents in time and travel through shadows; her own Power of Destruction is also greatly enhanced with the infusion of power of darkness, as well as stop her own attacks and control them such as changing their trajectory. This form, while still incomplete, exceeds Satan-class power, and is able to casually destroy an area with a radius of a few hundred meters filled with skyscrapers.
Galatine II (ガラチン II, Garachin II): A crimson sword able to be used by a devil, which Rias had received from Heaven as a blessing after her engagement to Issei. She plans to pass it on to their future children.
- (To Issei upon death) "So you were the one who called me." (Volume 1, Life 0)
- (Introducing herself to Issei) "My name is Rias Gremory. I am a Devil. And I am your Master. Nice to meet you, Hyoudou Issei-kun. Can I call you Ise?" (Volume 1, Life 1)
- "There's one last thing you should never forget, Ise. Even a [Pawn] can take down the [King]. This is basic in chess. This truth also applies to the Devils' chess pieces. You can become stronger." (Volume 1, Life 4)
- "If you can get stronger and feel comfort by touching my breast, then I don’t mind being a Switch-Princess. The Switch-Princess that only belongs to you. If I can become the source of your power, then that will fulfill my wish. –My adorable Ise." (Volume 7, Life-3)
- "You finally called me by my name……… I have waited for this the whole time. I really did…… But I didn’t have the courage to tell you…… So I thought that it would never happen……… But when I heard your feelings that time……… I was so happy……… I was so happy that I was about to cry during the match………" (Volume 10, New Life)
- "A world without him! I don't care about the World without Ise! ……To me, he was….. that person was….. He was more important than anyone else. For me to live without him……" (Volume 12, Life -3)
- "Now my adorable servants! Let's blow away the enemy before us as the Gremory group!" (Volume 12, Life -2)
- (To Issei) "Geez... You're an honest kid with perverted thoughts too. Ufufu~♥" (Manga, Chapter 22)
- "Insulting my servants warrants death!" (Season 2 New)
- Rias' birthday is April 9th, according to official material.
- Rias' name is derived from the Pokémon Garchomp ((Japanese: ガブリアス Gaburias). 
- Rias's nickname Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess was taken from her mother's nickname Flaxen-haired Ruin Princess.
- The reason why Rias has large breasts even at a young age is because it is a hereditary trait as her mother Venelana, grandmother Chysis and her ancestor Runeas also have large breasts.
- Rias was decided not to have large breasts originally, as Ishibumi said he intended Rias' sizes to be only a bit larger than the common girls in Japan would have. However, he inspected Miyama's illustration of her with big breasts, he fell in love with it, and decided to give her large breasts.
- According to a questionnaire
- Her erogenous zone is located on her neck.
- Her favorite type of man is one who would follow her to the bottom of hell.
- Her favorite body part of hers is her crimson hair, because it's the pride of her family.
- Her lucky panty color is red, but she'll wear any color if it makes Issei happy.
- When bathing, she starts washing from her left arm, and when bathing with Issei, she'll always wash his back.
- She thinks herself as someone who tries to be strict but has a soft spot.
- One reason she's kind to her servants is because she finds them all cute.
- Her specialty is Japanese cuisine due to studying it ever since she came to Japan.
- She has trouble dealing with Grayfia because she's very strict with her monitoring.
- Her favorite music is folk and classical.
- She hates humidity because it makes it hard to take care of her hair.
- She'll invite Akeno and Sona to go shopping to get rid of her depression.
- Her first kiss was with Issei.
- She has the habit to suddenly caress the cheek of cute people.
- Her first love is Issei.
- She's proud of Sirzechs and Grayfia but feels inferior to them.
- She spends her holidays, relaxing at home while drinking tea and reading.
- Her ambition for the future is to win every title in the Rating Game.
- If she were to become a Satan, she would liberalise love because she believes people need to marry the one they love.
- Her favorite things are the old school building and being in the clubroom with Issei.
- According to Akeno, Rias had no romantic interest in men, as she viewed all men the same. However, Rias said that Issei is an exception due to being "cute".
- Rias stated that she intends to model the son-in-law of her house herself and rear him according to her ideals.
- In Rating Game fighting-types, Rias is considered a Wizard-type who is closer to a Power-type.
- Rias was one of the young Devil heirs and Kings chosen to compete in the Youth Devil Rating Game Tournament.
- She came in first place after defeating Sairaorg Bael in the Rating Game finals match for first place.
- In the finale of High School DxD BorN, Rias used a variant similar to Crimson Extinct Dragonar after being manipulated by Issei's evil double.
- Rias could play the piano when she was a child but it is unknown if she still can.
- Rias' job requests as a Devil are usually to defeat monsters targeting her clients or de-cursing items.
- Rias makes review videos of her “Switch Princess goods” and uploads them to DeviTube, with the accessories she wears in them secretly becoming popular as a compelling fashion choice.
- Rias is the first female character to be placed into an engagement, the second being Kiyome, and third being Rossweisse.
- Rias' hobbies are reading, shopping, gardening, cooking, making handcraft and maquettes, and playing video games.
- She also a hobby of tea parties.
- Rias is said to be exceptional at interior design.
- Rias has a driving license and owns multiple cars such as a red saloon and a red convertible being two of them.
- In one of the short stories, it is revealed that Rias is a big "Japanophile", having a huge collection of objects and artifacts back in her room in the Underworld.
- It is also the reason as to why she came to visit Japan in the first place.
- Rias mentioned that she wants a Japanese style wedding when she gets married and wants it in the Human world; possibly due to her being a Japanophile.
- Rias wants to have her wedding take place in Kyoto.
- The reason for this is because Ishibumi decided she must have a foreign name from the beginning.
- Rias is the character that killed the most named characters in the series for a total of five characters (Raynare, Dohnaseek, Kalawarna, Mittelt, and Viser).
- Rias has a fear of camels; this occurs when she got hurt by wild camels after she sneaked out to go to the farm when she was still young.
- In one of her original early concepts, Rias' design bore a striking resemblance to Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2.
- The Crimson Extinct Dragonar was inspired by the Extremis Iron Man Armor.
- Originally, Rias wasn't even planned to be in the series.
- Ishibumi describes Rias as being the King, the mother, and the big sister of her peerage all at once.
- In the "DxD" popularity election, she came in first in the all-character category, first in the heroine category, first in the coupling category with Issei, and fifth with Akeno.
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